Wonder: Best-Selling Novel Turned to Movie


August (Jacob Tremblay) and his mom (Julia Roberts) in front of August's school


R.J. Palacio’s cover of Wonder

The book Wonder by R.J. Palacio was easily one of the best books I have ever read. The author uses amazing word choice and wonderful description to give us a clear image of the main character August Pullman. August is a ten-year-old boy who suffers from a lot of facial deformities. We all dive deep into August’s life when he has to overcome one of the hardest obstacles of his life: going to school. He knows that all the students will be judgmental and stare at him all the time. A lot of people think that this novel is very sad because this boy is being picked on by others. The truth is, the book is emotional, but it is more heartwarming than anything. I would definitely recommend the story to anyone and everyone because I truly loved the book.


One of the most famous quotes from the book Wonder

Recently, I also went to see the movie that was released on November 17, 2017. When I first walked into the movie theater, I wasn’t sure whether it would be faithful to the book. Not a lot of movies I have seen have been nearly as good as the novels. Surprisingly, they didn’t cut any major plot points. I knew what scenes should be there, and I saw all of them showed on the screen. The actors they chose played the parts so well: Jacob Tremblay as August, Owen Wilson as August’s dad, and Julia Roberts as August’s mom. I could imagine each of them as their actual character in the book.


Movie poster for Wonder

Overall, this book and movie combination was a very powerful pair. The book was a glorious representation of how you should treat people who are different, and the movie was so heartwarming and moving that I am so excited to go see it again. I would give both the novel and the movie an amazing review. My recommendation to everyone would be to read the book and see the movie because you will be touched by how amazing they both are. You will truly have a great time.